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Zappone, Katherine

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Child Care Costs

Was asked: if she will elaborate on the single affordable childcare scheme and the way it aims to raise the low income of workers in the child care industry; the way she will ensure that the subsidy will be p...More Button

My Department does not act as employer to child care workers, so wage rates, in addition to pay for preparation time, holidays, etc, is in the first instance a matter to be settled between the empl...More Button

Was asked: the way the single affordable childcare scheme will prevent child care facilities from driving up prices even further; the monitoring mechanisms in place to prevent this; if the introduction of a c...More Button

The Single Affordable Scheme, which I have announced as part of Budget 2017, is intended to support parents in meeting the cost of childcare. Childcare providers set their own fees, and there is n...More Button

It is intended that all providers participating in the Scheme will be required to have their fees published so that parents can compare providers and can see what their co-payment would be after ...More Button

Child Care Services Provision

Was asked: her views on whether the provision of child care needs to move away from the profit driven model currently in place, in view of the issue of low wages for workers in child care facilities, very hig...More Button

Pobal's most recent profile of service providers in the childcare sector indicates that, at present, 39% of all childcare workers work for community providers underpinned by a not-for-profit busine...More Button

It is proposed that the review will consider (1) the total average cost of quality childcare provision, (2) variation in cost and the reasons for same, (3) the link between cost and quality, (4) ...More Button

It is envisaged that the Department will tender for independent expertise to conduct the review in the autumn with a view to ensuring that the review is commenced later this year. More Button

Childcare providers set their own fees, and there is no current plan for the Government to control fees, which would be a major intrusion in the market and could, if not managed carefully and app...More Button

Child Care Services Regulation

Was asked: if the grandfather scheme applies to child care providers which have years of experience in the sector and run their own business; if so, when this grandfather scheme is due to expire; and if she w...More Button

Under the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016, registered providers of pre-school services will, from 31st December 2016, be required to ensure that each employee working di...More Button

When the Regulations were being drafted, consideration was given to granting an exemption to certain existing childcare staff who intended to retire from the sector in the near future, did not ho...More Button

The option to apply for this exemption was first publicised, through the local City/County Childcare Committees, in the second half of 2014, at which time it was anticipated that the Regulations ...More Button

The new Regulations were published on 4th May 2016, to commence on 30th June 2016. The Regulations stipulate that persons seeking to avail of the "Grandfather" exemption must - by 30th June 2016...More Button